Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Made It #6!!

I will confess I am freaking out (just a little/LOT) about the SMALL amount of time I have left for summer and the LARGE amount of things I have/need/want to do!!!  Deep breath.........

I have TONS to accomplish in the next few weeks......go back officially Aug.1 (I'm sure I'll be going back early if I can)......moving my girl back to school........moving tons of furniture........painting her room.......painting my living room.......sneakin in a 4 day vacay with my sisters and mom........getting ready for open stuff.......finish reading Guided Math.....refresh Daily 5.........


Deep breath..........Ok, I'm good now!  BTW...I try to comment on each and every person's blog that links up:)  (there are a couple of you that have something other than blogger and I don't know how to comment on that.....sorry)  Next week's linky I will be out of town (hoping it posts ok) so please know that I will see everyone's yumminess and comment when I get home.

Ok, told ya all last week I needed to focus more on the "functional" made it items.  Well, I have done just that this past week:) (and I think they turned out cute too:) )

For my first Classroom Made It:
  I got the inspiration from Kim at Splish! Splash! Ms. Lander's Second Grade Class and her Made It from last week.   Her idea got me thinking.......Some of my plans for making "functional" things are to add to my Word Work and Work on Writing choices for my Daily 5 this year.  I loved her Ransom Note idea.  I decided to make a few of these letter sets.  I am calling these "Letters for Learning".  I bought the craft containers at Walmart.
I also bought 4 packs of scrapbook alphabets.  They were only .98 cents each and have at least 2 of each letter. 
Here is the finished product: (I still need to put little stickers in so the kiddos put the letters back in the right place.)
After I made the tubs, I made Letters for Learning Task Cards to go along with the sets. These task cards can be used with any letter manipulatives.  There are 24 different task cards.

If you would like to check them out you can see them HERE or HERE.

I also have one more "functional" classroom Made It to tell  ya about.  Last year in Daily 5 I used shared writing journals.  (You can read the original post about that HERE)  My kiddos LOVED them.  Well, of course I needed new ones this year so decided to make some new themes.  I'm super excited about these:

There are 2 per page so 6 total.  Because I am loving this linky so much and lovin you all for making it so much fun, I am offering my Shared Writing Journal Covers FREE TODAY ONLY:D  So, after you link up your fabulousness, pop over to my store and grab your copy!!  If you do download them, I would love to hear how you are going to use them in your classroom:)  Pretty please!!!!

And for my Home Made It: 
I didn't make it........I picked it all out, so that's kinda made it right???  Still working on my bedroom.  Taking it I have been looking for a headboard everywhere.  I have been all over Pinterest and haven't found anything I was nuts about.  The walls in my bedroom are funky because one side goes up to cathedral ceilings....anywho, at our last trip to Hobby Lobby...saw the turquoise wall art first and, that would be great but it's too small.  Then found this huge mirror and it all clicked in my head.  For less than $100 now have my version of a headboard/wall art.
Lovin my AFTER and the turquoise wall art is the extra pop of turquoise I needed with the dresser:)

Okay gang!  Grab your button and let's go!!!!!!!!


  1. Love your task cards. I have been only doing functional items lately, so today's is pure fun!Thanks for the journal covers. Going to download now. They are super cute.

  2. I never would have thought of using chipboard letters like that! I know I have some around here and now I know what to do with them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. GREAT Word Work Station! So simple yet can be used all year long.

  4. Love the word work station! Tara did you ever see your Monday Made It's being such a great hit? I look forward to Mondays and seeing what everyone else is doing, and there are sooooo many posts, I don't know how you are able to read each and every one of them. I try, but it's difficult! Thanks again for making this a linky!
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten

  5. I love those task cards!!! I just added them to my wishlist :) What a great idea! Your bedroom is turning out beautiful.... I still haven't even come close to doing anything to mine :/ Enjoy your day!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

    1. ohh booo I wish I payed attention and linked up with a picture of what I made! darn it. next time :) haha

    2. Ooops, I did the same thing too!

  6. Love the letters box! Thank you for hosting this every week!

  7. Your task cards are wonderful! What a grat way to use chipboard letters! Thank you so much for hosting such a fun linky party! I love seeing what so many teachers out there are making.

    Delighted in Second
    Hope you will join my $20 TPT gift certificate giveaway!

  8. Thanks for sharing the beautiful Shared Writing Journal Covers. I downloaded them and they look adorable! I can't wait to use them with my 4th graders this year. We've never had whole class journals before and I can't wait to try it out!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  9. I Love, LOVe your task cards. What a fabulous idea! Your bedroom art looks great also. I'm inspired to redo a room also. Thanks again for another fabulous linky.


  10. Whew I am glad someone else is having meltdowns...I go back August 20th and not much done since been working on the house. Again loving this idea maybe we should keep it up during the year, so we can keep going :) LOL.....You have such great ideas thanks for sharing :)

  11. thanks for the shared journal labels. I used your idea last year and on Thursday during our free write time the students could choose a notebook. It went over well. I was going to continue in the same notebooks from last year, but since I have new labels...maybe not.

  12. Hey girl! Everything looks so productive. I'm proud of you ;)
    I'm on the beach right now and I'm not sure of I will be able to link up this week. Might have to save all of my craftiness for next week ;)

  13. I just linked up! I am a new follower!
    :D Angie @ timeoutsandtootsierolls

  14. Thanks, Tara! I fell in love with the ransom letters last week, too, just haven't had the chance to get out and pick up the container. Have started cutting out letters already. May sprihkle in some cute ones like you used, too! Thanks so much for the linky! I have been getting great ideas!

    Lifelong Learning

  15. Everything looks great Tara!! I just ADORE what you've done to your bedroom!! Thanks so much for the journal prompts also. I just linked up again & I'm having so much fun with these Monday Made Its. If it weren't for your linky, I may not be getting so much done, so thank you!!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  16. I love the word work station! What a great idea! Your bedroom is looking great, too!


  17. I just can't tell you enough what a great linky party this is! I always have way too much fun with the project and especially with seeing everyone else's creations :) Thank you for the shared writing covers- I was debating doing these and this has just sealed the deal!

    Happy Monday!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  18. I have been waiting for this all weekend! I stumbled upon a true treasure in the Target Dollar Spot and actually created a (small) TPT packet surrounding it!

    There's No Place Like Second Grade

  19. So glad to hear that I'm not the only one who focused on functional school stuff this past week! We are quickly running out of time, I'm going to examine my "to do" list today to eliminate any fluff. I love your headboard idea. That is on my home list and, like you, can't figure out what to do and when I do, the hubs isn't on board. Taking slow on this end too!

    Primarily Speaking

  20. I love your task cards for letters. They look great! Where did you find those letters? I HAVE to go out and find them.
    Second Grade Sunshine

  21. I am going to link up for the first time today with something in a craft box too! I'm so excited! :) Thanks for always doing this great linky!!!

    1st Grade with Miss Snowden

  22. Thanks again for letting me link to your creative blog!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  23. LOVE the letter box. Did you get the letters at Wal-Mart also? And thanks for the freebie!

    Learning's a Hoot

  24. Awesome as always! Thanks for the freebie!
    The Caffeinated Classroom

  25. Thanks for hosting! This is becoming one of my favorite linky parties!

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  27. Everything looks great Tara! I love the letter boxes and the mirrow above tha bed looks so nice! I bet it makes the room appear a lot larger now:) I just got up it is 6:44 a.m here in Hawaii and you already have 70 link ups! I guess I will always be late to the party, lol!

    Surfin' Through Second

  28. I'm your new follower and love your blog. I love the letter boxes. Might have to do this for my Daily 5. Just linked up with you for the first time!


  29. I too am really feeling the crunch...but I don't go back until August 17th I think...But I will be in as soon as my Principal gives me the go ahead to move in and start setting up! I am going to be doing more functional things too...I have to be done with crafty type things...even though they are so much more fun!

    I love those journal prompts! Thanks for the freebie:)
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  30. I love your letters containers. I love the look of the scrapbook letters. I need to make a couple of these containers. I forgot my Made-It at school when I went in for summer camp today so I'll be sure to link up tomorrow.

    I Heart Teaching Elementary

  31. Love the Task Cards and thank you for the freebie covers! I used yours from last year and my students loved to write in them!

  32. Tare your "headboard" looks great! I love the idea of the shared journals, I'll be curious to see how it goes in first grade. I don't know how you get to everyone that links up to comment. This linky party has kind of got a life of it's own! ;D

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  33. Wow! I really like your letter containers...that may just be my project next Monday :)

    Jungle in Room 207

  34. I love the Letters for Learning! And the sticker part is pure genius!! I like how organized it will keep those letters, all tucked away in that beautiful storage.

    Your room alterations look lovely--the turquoise is just gorgeous! Thanks for all of the inspiration. I want to link up this week, but all I've done is make signs on the computer (and print. and laminate. repeat.) Ha!! I'm trying to get into school tomorrow to retrieve my teacher toolbox (which I forgot on the last day) so I can FINALLY make it over. Then I'll have something crafty! :)

  35. I'm excited to finally have something to share with your linky! Thanks for giving me a reason to get crafty today!

    There are a billion things I need/want to accomplish before going back to school, too, so you're definitely not alone in feeling overwhelmed!

    Also, I wanted to let you know I'm hosting my first giveaway on my blog - I made a few new fonts, and I'm offering 4 commenters the chance to win their favorite! If you'd like, you can check it out here!

    Thanks for hosting the linky - I love seeing everyone's creations!

    Third Grade Teacher Files

  36. I love the shared journal idea!! I will definitely be using that this year!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  37. I also love your shared journal writing idea. I am going to implement it in the fall with my grade 2/3 class. I love love love this linky party, but haven't linked up as of yet...will be crafting away this week, though and participating next Monday :)


  38. Thanks for the share! I plan on using the journal covers with my third graders. I also love your learning with letters idea! :)

  39. I love your Made it Mondays even though I have never had anything to link up. Yet! My goal for the week is to actually get something done to share next Monday. I have a bunch of things in mind... (Now that I put it out there for all to see, I guess I'd better follow through, right? Thanks for the inspiration!

    Inside this Book

  40. Loving the linky party (especially because it encourages me to actually get work done!) and love the idea of shared journal writing! The covers you made are super cute - I might just have to invest in some notebooks! :D

  41. I'm your newest follower and will definitely be joining up with Monday Made It next week!! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  42. Thanks for hosting this great linky - so many amazing ideas!!
    Primary Inspiration

  43. I LOVE your Letters for Learning! Now I am going to have to add this to my list!
    Enter my giveaway @ Fun in 1st Grade

  44. I LOVE your letters! Sure beat the plastic ones I have. Thanks for hosting a great linky!!!
    Totally Terrific in Texas

  45. Seriously?! You did ALL THAT in a week???
    I am really lazy.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  46. Tara~You are AMAZING!! I just started blog (stalking) and yours was my inspiration. I am a fourth grade teacher also and have learned so much since summer break started just over 2 weeks ago (I teach in NY). Your work with Daily 5 is mind boggling and I can't wait to get my book copies...any day now! I have the exact same boxes with chipboard letters in them and other chipboard embellishments (2 boxes). However, they are sitting in my scrapbook room! What a great idea to use them in the classroom!! I hope you will stop by my blog sometime. I don't know how you do it with so many followers. whew!

  47. You are Super Woman! Thank you so much for hosting this great opportunity for us each week!

    I'm hosting a link party today and would love if you would stop by. We're talking about favorite iPad/iPod apps in the classroom! Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

  48. Hi Tara! I've been following your blog for quite some time now but just never got around to fixing up my own blog! I love all of your stuff and look forward to learning more from you! I linked you in my first post on my blog (I hope I did it right?!) because of something you made and inspired me to make! :) Have a great day and feel free to check out my blog!


  49. I love all your projects! Your bedroom decor looks fabulous! :) Girl you have lots to do before school starts! Whew, I do too!!

  50. What a great way to do Word Work! I'm definitely using this next year!! Thanks for the great ideas. I also nominated you for an award. Check out my new blog to claim it!

  51. Hey there! I'm giving you the versatile blogger award! Head on over to my website to check it out!

    I love the letter you found! I am definitely going to go search for some!


  52. Hi Tara! Thanks so much for the comment. I'll be back next week and will definitely grab your button. I just found out about Made It Mondays, so I thought I'd link up the DIY project I did last week. See you next time!
    Special Speckled Eggs

  53. Tara! I've literally just walked in the door from Walmart, frustrated! I'm in love with your "Letters for Learning" box and went to Walmart to find the materials to make my own. I can't find those cute letters ANYWAYS! I dug through the $0.97 boxes that they had as well as walked up and down the scrapbooking isle! I found the craft boxes, but no letters! You got them at Walmart, correct?!


  54. Love your blog! I am giving you the One Lovely Blog Award, yes I know you already have it. Your blog was one of the first I found when I started blogging a few months ago. I have enjoyed following your blog and joining in for Monday Made it! Looking forward to see what your class is up to this year.

    Teaching Star Students

  55. Where did you get the scrapbook alphabet letters? I love them!

  56. LOOK HOW AWESOME YOU LINKY PARTIES ARE!!! Seriously, girl! YOU ROCK!!! It is sooo fun to see what everyone is making {especially you}!!!! I really need to start making something so I can link up!